About The Whale

Owners Jesse Van Note and Andrew Ross became friends working together at an Asheville brewery many years ago. There was no shortage of beer around them at all times, but they still felt like something was missing in Asheville. 

After many bottle shares and late nights, the idea of a craft beer collective came about; a place that brought all the best beers from around the world under one roof. 

They opened The Whale :: A Craft Beer Collective as the first and original location in West Asheville in 2017. After the Whale AVL popped off, folks encouraged Jesse and Ross to expand their vision and they opened the Greenville location in 2019. Jesse had been playing shows in Greenville for years with his band Bask, and took a liking to the area. While the basic concept of the two bars is similar, they have a different look, feel, and menu from one another.  While they are only an hour away from each other, you can have a completely different experience at each location. Despite the differences, you will find some of the trademark features at all Whale locations, like a huge Whale skeleton hanging overhead.

The Whale CHS was born in September of 2021 as the third addition to the family. The Whale AVL’s longtime general manager, Jesse Mellinger, relocated to the coast to run the new spot. Hosting Zwanze Day as their epic grand opening, the Whale CHS hit the ground running and hasn’t looked back. 

“A craft beer collective is something we spent a lot of time thinking about,” he says. “Most of our friends work in craft beer, and when we set out to do this, we wanted to approach it from a perspective of gathering the ideas about what we were lacking as a community and creating a space we all wanted to hang out in. We want to create something approachable, friendly, and also an elevated drinking experience.

Stout Season :: Come warm up with us from Noon-10 :: @asaran90 & @briteblackdarkwhite on the taps :: @bigtentpizza starting at 3 if the weather holds up :: Full List at TheWhaleCollective.Com :: PROST!
WE’RE OPEN TODAY! :: Need to warm up during snow day activities? :: Lucky for you @kramradem can walk to The Whale & will be slingin that 🔥 from 2-8 :: We’ve also got those HOT @myamibitesgvl Cubans on deck :: Warm Vibez :: Dog Friendly :: PROST!
Open at 1ish :: Chill, we’re all walking in :: Let’s drink :: Prost!
Lukred up and ready to go! :: We’re here pouring beer snow or shine :: Come hang and stock up your fridge before the snow! :: Here til 11 :: TheWhaleCollective.com :: Prost!
NOW AVAILABLE! :: We regretfully had to cancel our @lasjaraswines dinner tomorrow night so these bad jammers are released to the public FOR/HERE or TO/GO :: Very Limited :: PROST!

Open 2-12 today w/ all the ⛽️ on draft :: HOT @myamibitesgvl Cubans on deck :: Dog Friendly :: Warm Vibez :: PROST!
NEXT FRIDAY @trippinganimalsbrewing is here! :: We’ve taking over all three whales with that 🔥 juice from Flo-Rida :: Make sure it’s on the calendar :: Here til 11 :: Prost!
🚨NEW BREWERY ALERT🚨 :: Join us one week from today, 1/21, as all 3 Whale locations exclusively launch @trippinganimalsbrewing into the Carolina’s! :: Draft & Can feature of some of the DOPEST beers coming out of Miami :: We’re stoked :: @black_out_burger will be in the house smashin patties :: @moxie_thrifts will also be here with a bunch of 🔥 custom thrifts :: It’s gonna be a rager! 

Today we got @briteblackdarkwhite & @asaran90 on the taps! :: @banginveganeats in the house with all the plant based goodness starting at 4! :: It’s feeling beautiful out here :: Come kick it :: PROST!